Diagnostic Assessment

  • Amanda B. Nickerson
  • Melissa A. Reeves
  • Stephen E. Brock
  • Shane R. Jimerson
Part of the Developmental Psychopathology at School book series (DPS, volume 2)

The DSM is the most widely used system in North America for determining the appropriate clinical diagnoses of mental health disorders, including PTSD (Kratochwill & McGivern, 1996; Merrell, 2003). This criterion-based system of classification has been revised several times, with the most current version being the DSM-IV-TR (APA, 2000). In medical and clinical settings, a DSM diagnosis is often required by insurance companies before treatment can be authorized. However, in the school setting the DSM is not considered a controlling authority (Brock et al., 2006).

Students receive special education and related services only after an Individual Education Planning (IEP) team assessment (which typically includes a psychoeducational evaluation) has been conducted and the team concludes that the student meets one of the 13 different Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA, 2004) eligibility criteria. These IDEIA classifications are used as a criterion-based system and...


Traumatic Event Oppositional Defiant Disorder Ptsd Symptom Panic Disorder Trauma Exposure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amanda B. Nickerson
    • 1
  • Melissa A. Reeves
    • 2
  • Stephen E. Brock
    • 3
  • Shane R. Jimerson
    • 4
  1. 1.University at Albany - State University of New YorkAlbanyUSA
  2. 2.Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SCHunlersvilleUSA
  3. 3.University of CaliforniaSacramentoUSA
  4. 4.University of CaliforniaSanta BarbaraUSA

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